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Honey Brined Smoked Chicken Thighs

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If you have never brined anything, well, you need to! Brining is very easy, it keeps your smoked chicken thighs extremely moist and it takes the flavor of your meat to a whole new level. The recipe is super easy: a quick brine and then about an hour and a half cook and you will have some delicious smoked chicken thighs!

What you will need:

Brine (4-5 hours)

  • 2 C water
  • 1/3 to 1/2 C honey
  • 1/2 C Italian salad dressing
  • 2 T salt


  • 2 T Light brown sugar
  • 1 T Turbinado sugar
  • 1 t Garlic powder
  • 1 t Onion powder
  • 1 t ground ginger
  • 1 t Cumin
  • 1 t Kosher salt
  • 1 t Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 t Ancho chili powder
  • 2 t Paprika

Honey Brined Smoked Chicken Thighs

In a bowl add 2 cups of water. Add 2 tablespoons of salt, about 1/3 cup honey and 1/2 cup of Italian salad dressing. Mix until everything is dissolved.

Put the chicken thighs in a ziploc bag. Pour the brine into the bag until the chicken is covered, seal the bag and put it away for 4 to 5 hours.

Now it is time to prepare the rub. In a bowl mix 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of Turbinado sugar, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon Ancho chili powder and 2 teaspoons of paprika. Stir well until the rub looks as uniform as possible.

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When the chicken has soaked in the brine for about 5 hours, apply the rub. Make sure to cover all sides of the meat.

In your smoker, use a few chunks of applewood with the charcoal. Place a plate covered with aluminium foil under the rack to gather the juices that come out of the chicken.

When the smoker gets up to temperature (275 F), cook the chicken.

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